Books to Read: The Art of Fielding

Today, we're spotlighting one of Adam O's favorite books, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, "The Art of Fielding is mere baseball fiction the way Moby Dick is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff). It is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others. (Amazon)

Adam O says:

This novel is a gripping read about a young baseball prodigy, whose path through college intertwines with those of various other characters, from the manager of his team to the president of the university, in unexpected ways. A surprising and human look at the relationships between one's potential and the realities within which it struggles to blossom.

Be sure to check out this book whether you enjoy baseball or not!